A Conversation with Saigon
Mike Ragogna: Hey, Saigon.
Saigon: Hey, what’s up man? How’s it going?
MR: It’s going okay. What’s up with you?
S: You know, I’m just out here trying to sell some CDs, trying to push this music to the people, you know what I’m saying? It’s a beautiful time for me. I’ve waited a long time for this.
MR: Right, you had a deal with a major label, and then I guess you felt that it was time to take your career in your own hands, and you’ve put this out. This is a really fine record.
S: Thank you,
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A Conversation with Saigon
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Season 10 of American Idol is terrific. Whereas previous seasons have lost viewer interest and enthusiasm, I personally think that this might be the best season so far. Why?
In short, the contestants are much, much stronger as a group than in previous seasons. I think a lot of credit should be given to new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez for helping to make this
With American Idol back for its 10th season, some music fans are wondering how Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler can fit into the mix at the judges table. Tyler, it was reported this week, was once in contention to replace Robert Plant in Led Zeppelin. The rocker’s role on the Fox singing competition is rightfully being scrutinized – Is he the new Simon Cowell? Or is he the new Paula Abdul? For Tyler, though, listening to so many aspiring singers could lead him back to the stage. “Don’t be surprised if the scores of Idol wannabes have him scrambling for Joe Perry and the boys sooner than later,” says one
I just watched the last show of Larry King Live after 25 years on CNN. The sendoff included Bill Maher and Ryan Seacrest as co-hosts. Arnold Schwartzenegger proclaimed “Larry King Day” in California. President Obama appeared and called him a “giant of broadcasting.” Donald Trump, was there, and Regis Philbin, Suze Orman, all the network broadcasters, Barbara Walters, Dr. Phil, a joking Bill Clinton, a singing Tony Bennett, and King’s family.
I remember Larry King from the late 1950s in Miami Beach when he hosted a radio show from a booth in Pumpernick’s restaurant, interviewing celebs who were playing the clubs in the glam hotels along Collins Avenue.
Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis and Peggy Lee appeared in glitzy venues like The Fontainbleau’s Boom Boom Room. And some of these celebs would cool off after hours talking to Larry.
Larry was all over South Florida then, day and night, his Brooklyn accent a familiar sound as we drove along in our convertibles. And when I was at the University of Florida in the early 1960s, he would occasionally appear at fraternity parties on Saturday nights, walking around talking to someone or other in the back of the room. I wasn’t sure why, and what he was doing.
And then something happened in the early 70s, and he was fired, booked for larceny, and eventually cleared. There has always been a whiff of a scoundrel there. Something off the charts, but tamped down. The many marriages, the wiseacre asides, the red suspenders, the lazy style that was considered, after awhile, to be brilliant.
As the years passed Larry King pulled himself up, up, up and all of a sudden I was hearing his deep voice on the radio wherever I was in the country, and then seeing him on CNN, and he was writing a column in USA Today, and writing books.
I bumped into him two other times, besides when I was in college. One was in the late 1980s when I was living with my boyfriend/boss and we were looking at apartments in DC. And Larry King was in the hall of one building, with a retinue, and I was tempted to say, “Hey, I knew you when.” And wisely decided against it.
And another time, a couple of years later, at the 20th anniversary of Walt Disney World, when three thousand of us were invited to take over the place for the weekend, he was reporting from the scene in the press area, where I sat, writing for my local magazine.
When I watched his last Larry King Live show and listened to the accolades I remembered how he was able to reinvent himself, through focus and ambition and talent.
My take from the last show is that even if you stumble, you can gain your footing and move way, way ahead.
In Larry’s case, it’s been really good to be the King.
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